Free School Meals

Charitable Status for Private Schools Is Wrong

Ashley Husband Powton | Posted 21.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Ashley Husband Powton

Gordonstoun's, whose alumni include the Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Charles, was reduced from £148,086 to £29,618, a taxpayer funded subsidy of £118, 468. Wester Hailes state school, where over 40% of pupils are are eligible for free school-meals, paid its tax liability of £261,873 in full... How can this be right or fair? 

It's Time to Make the Government's Child Poverty Strategy Count

Matthew Reed | Posted 23.07.2014 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Child poverty is simply unacceptable and is damaging children's lives. Much more is needed to meet the government's commitment to end child poverty by 2020. By taking the actions we are calling for, the government would make a significant start towards achieving this goal and improving the lives of millions of children.

Are The Coalition At War Over Free School Meals?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 15.05.2014 | UK Politics

Education Secretary Michael Gove and Lib Dem schools minister David Laws have presented a united front in relation to free school meals. The introd...

Free School Meal Plan 'Ludicrous', Says Head

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.03.2014 | UK

Critics of the Government's plan to offer free school meals to every five to seven-year-old have questioned the official advice to help head teachers ...

Is a Child's Future Determined By Their Background in the UK?

Megan Hughes | Posted 12.02.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Megan Hughes

In a time of economic austerity it is hardly surprising that public opinion has turned to those receiving benefits from the state, particularly those who do not work. Repeated stereotyping and manipulation of statistics in the media have painted many of Britain's poorest citizens as lazy good-for-nothings living a life of luxury at our expense.

'They're Talking B******s'

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics

The Liberal Democrats have accused Michael Gove's department of "lying" and "talking bollocks" as a furious turf war erupted within the coalition gove...

Lucy Sherriff

Poor Pupils 'Significantly' Less Likely To Be Admitted To Grammar Schools, Finds Report | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 08.11.2013 | UK Universities & Education

Poor pupils and those who receive free school meals are "significantly" less likely to be admitted to grammar schools, a study branded "disturbing" ha...

Shirley Williams: Simon Hughes Wouldn't Have Opposed Free School Meals If He Was A Dad

The Huffington Post UK | Ned Simons | Posted 19.09.2013 | UK Politics

Shirley Williams has said her Lib Dem colleague Simon Hughes would not have opposed giving free school meals to schoolchildren if he had ever been a f...

Lib Dems Red Faced Over School Meals Leaflet

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK

UPDATE: Southwark Lib Dem leader Anood Al-Samerai tells HuffPost UK that the leaflet is "old" and "times have moved on". "We opposed the introducti...

Mehdi's Morning Memo: 'We're No One's Little Brother'

Huffington Post | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 18.09.2013 | UK Politics

The five things you need to know on Wednesday 18 September 2013... 1) 'WE'RE NO ONE'S LITTLE BROTHER' It's Nick Clegg's big day: the Lib Dem lea...

20 Children Dead After Eating Free School Meal

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.07.2013 | UK

Children eating free lunches at their school in India died within hours of eating a meal of lentils, soybeans and rice. Some 20 children have died ...

Time to Make Free School Meals Available to All UK Children in Poverty

Matthew Reed | Posted 03.06.2013 | UK Politics
Matthew Reed

Free school meals are an effective way to help move children out of poverty. The Children's Society estimates that, if the government made them available to all children in poverty, 100,000 of these children would be lifted out of poverty straight away.

Thousands Of Poor Families Missing Out On School Support

PA | Posted 03.12.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Tens of thousands of England's poorest families are missing out on additional support for their children, a report into school subsidies has found. ...

'I Miss Lunch To Save Money'

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 30.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

Children studying at college are skipping lunch as they can't afford to buy it and are not being provided with the free school meals they are entitled...

Thousands Of Poor Teens Denied Lunch Due To 'Discriminatory' Funding

PA | Posted 12.06.2012 | UK Universities & Education

A funding anomaly which has left tens of thousands of poor teenagers missing out on free lunches is to be debated by MPs. Former education secretar...